Overview

If you want to become a leader in teaching, an administrator, a researcher, an academic, or a highly qualified educator, UPEI’s Master of Education in Leadership in Learning may be the perfect fit for you! Graduates from our program are teachers; educators in the corporate, government, arts, health, and not-for-profit sectors; PhD candidates; professors and instructors in colleges and universities; administrators and policy-makers.

The Master of Education program is designed to provide experienced educators in any field with the knowledge and skills required to become effective educational leaders. The overall aim of the program is to promote and support educational scholarship, research, and practice. Through studying relevant curriculum with researchers and expert practitioners, our students gain the capacity to make valuable contributions to the field of education—and to the lives of others.

Continue your learning journey with us today by exploring our course-based or thesis-based MEd programs, built for flexible with on-campus, blended, and online streams and study and meaningful educational experiences.

We have a diverse of onsite and online program offerings that reflect our research expertise in many of today's major themes in education and enable flexible learning anywhere, anytime.

Work while you choose from graduate programs and explore their many fields of study that allow you to build expertise in the area of most value to you. Work while earning a well-recognized graduate degree.

Special Student Status for Single Courses 

Register in up to two 6000-level Master’s courses in Education as a special student. ‘Test the water’ and gain a graduate credit in Education. Completion of a 6000-level research course may strengthen a PhD in Educational Studies application for those whose master’s degree

Two 6000-level Master’s courses may be considered for credit towards the Master of Education in Leadership in Learning degree, pending approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants may check on course availability or transfer credit options with the Faculty of Education Graduate Administrative Assistant. 

Specializations
Upcoming MEd Cohorts

Please indicate the specific stream you are applying to in your application and personal statement. Applications will be accepted for each stream until they are full. Sufficient enrolment is required for each stream to go ahead.

Global Perspectives

This innovative course-based graduate program is designed for international students from a variety of countries to bring a global perspective to leadership in learning in 21st century educational contexts. Participants will explore theory and practice from the fields of international and comparative education, educational leadership, curriculum and pedagogy, and global education. Students will enhance their competencies as educators and global citizens as they engage in active experiential learning and critical reflection.

Program highlights include:

  • Extensive practical experiences in diverse educational settings and learning communities
  • Wide range of opportunities to interact with domestic and international students from various countries
  • 10 courses (combination of blended, online, and face-to-face experiences)
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Program completion within 16-24 months
  • Small class sizes
  • Rich opportunities to engage with local cultures

A minimum of 5.0 on IELTS (or equivalent) is required for conditional admission to the UPEI MEd program. If your IELTS score is below the minimum you can start your program at UPEI’s Graduate English Academic Program.

Applicants should have some education-related experience.

To start the MEd program, students require IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 (writing and speaking), 6.5 (reading, listening) , and an overall score of 7.0.

Program brochure
Program schedule (Fall stream)
Program schedule (Winter stream)

Application dates for September intake

  • Open: October 1
  • Closed: April 1

Application dates for January intake

  • Open: March 1
  • Closed: October 1

Focus on 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Beginning in July 2019, a fourth iteration of our Master of Education with a focus on 21st Century Teaching and Learning will be offered fully online. Students in the 21st Century Teaching & Learning Stream will join a virtual community of practitioners learning about digital technologies and using them to focus on 21st Century ideas about critical pedagogy, educational leadership, authentic assessment, project-based learning, and global education. The stream will explore theories, research and practices relevant to student engagement and learning and complete a small action research project.

Program highlights include:

  • 10 courses (delivered completely online)
  • All courses will focus on teaching and learning in 21st Century contexts
  • Program completion within 30 months
  • Competitive tuition fees
  • Starting July, 2020

A minimum of 5.0 on IELTS (or equivalent) is required for conditional admission to the UPEI MEd program. If your IELTS score is below the minimum you can start your program at UPEI’s Graduate English Academic Program

Applicants should have some education-related experience.

To start the MEd program, students require IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 (writing and speaking), 6.5 (reading, listening) , and an overall score of 7.0.

Program brochure
Program schedule

Application dates for July intake

  • Open: October 1
  • Closed: April 1

Additional Designation in Inclusive Education

Within this 10-course MEd program, five of these courses will certify students towards the Additional Designation in Inclusive Education required by the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. This combination of courses will prepare teachers to specialize as Resource Room or Special Education teachers. The Faculty of Education is proud to provide our teachers the opportunity to receive this designation.

Program highlights include:

  • 10 courses (delivered online or blended during the school year, with face-to-face courses offered during the summer on UPEI campus)
  • All courses will focus on inclusion and differentiated instruction
  • Competitive tuition fees
  • Program completion within 24 months
  • Starting online in July, 2020

A minimum of 5.0 on IELTS (or equivalent) is required for conditional admission to the UPEI MEd program. If your IELTS score is below the minimum you can start your program at UPEI’s Graduate English Academic Program

Applicants should have some education-related experience.

To start the MEd program, students require IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 (writing and speaking), 6.5 (reading, listening) , and an overall score of 7.0.

Program brochure
Program schedule  

Application dates for July intake

Open: October 1
Closed: April 1


College Educators

Beginning in July 2019, we will be offering the College Cohort. This MEd will be of interest to college or post-secondary educators.

Program highlights include:

  • 10 courses (4 on-campus in July over two summers; 6 online)
  • Specialized courses include higher education teaching, assessment of adult learners, and program evaluation
  • All courses will focus on teaching and learning in higher education
  • Program completion within 24 months
  • Competitive tuition fees
  • Starting July, 2019

Program schedule


Specialization in Mathematics

Every two to three years, UPEI offers an MEd cohort that specializes in Mathematics Education. If interested, please contact the administrative assistant (EdGradAdmin@upei.ca) to add your name to the list. When we have sufficient interest, we will offer the cohort.

Course Structure
Course-based Option

Students enrolled in the graduate program are required to choose a thesis-based or course-based option. In the course-based option, students will complete seven compulsory courses and three elective courses.

Course-Based Option - Compulsory Courses (7 required courses)

Education 6110 Introduction to Research Methods in Education

Education 6120 Quantitative Research Design, or
Education 6130 Qualitative Research Design, or
Education 6160 Action Research in Education

Education 6140 Theories of Research and Learning
Education 6150 Educational Leadership
Education 6170 Issues in Educational Leadership
Education 6190 Critical Pedagogy
Education 6250 Curriculum: Leadership in Learning

Elective Courses (3 courses required)

Education 6010 Selected Topics in Education
Education 6180 Learning, Leadership and Reflective Practice
Education 6210 Current Research in Learning
Education 6220 Research on Learning Difficulties
Education 6230 Statistics for Research in Education
Education 6240 Change: Leadership in Learning
Education 6260 Technology: Leadership in Learning
Education 6270 Global Education
Education 6280 International Education and Development
Education 6290 Program Evaluation
Education 6300 Perspectives in Ecology and Sustainable Leadership
Education 6310 Leadership in Postcolonial Education
Education 6320 Leadership in Languages and Literacies
Education 6910 Directed Study
Education 6950 Graduate Seminar

Thesis-based Option

Students enrolled in the graduate program are required to choose a thesis-based or course-based option.In the thesis-based option students will complete five compulsory courses, one elective course, and a thesis (4 course equivalents).

Thesis-Based Option - Compulsory Courses (5 required courses)

  • Education 6110 Introduction to Research Methods in Education
  • Education 6120 Quantitative Research Design, or
    Education 6130 Qualitative Research Design
  • Education 6140 Theories of Research and Learning
  • Education 6150 Educational Leadership
  • Education 6190 Critical Pedagogy Elective Courses (1 required)
  • Education 6010 Selected Topics in Education
  • Education 6160 Action Research in Education
  • Education 6170 Issues in Educational Leadership
  • Education 6180 Learning, Leadership and Reflective Practice
  • Education 6220 Research on Learning Difficulties
  • Education 6240 Change: Leadership in Learning
  • Education 6250 Curriculum: Leadership in Learning
  • Education 6260 Technology: Leadership in Learning
  • Education 6270 Global Education
  • Education 6280 International Education and Development
  • Education 6290 Program Evaluation
  • Education 6300 Perspectives in Ecology and Sustainable Leadership
  • Education 6310 Leadership in Postcolonial Education
  • Education 6320 Leadership in Languages and Literacies
  • Education 6910 Directed Study
  • Education 6950 Graduate Seminar
  • Thesis Education 6990 (4 course equivalents)

Thesis

Each candidate in the thesis-based option is required to submit a thesis based upon research conducted under supervision as described in this section of the calendar. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capacity for original and independent research and should extend the knowledge base in the field under study. General specifications as to paper, format, order, and binding are available from the Office of the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies.

The student should consult frequently with the Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee when preparing the thesis. After the final draft has been read and approved by the members of the Supervisory Committee, four copies must be submitted to the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies for dissemination to members of the Examining Committee. These copies must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the student’s oral defense.

The Master’s Examination

The final oral examination, which is devoted chiefly to the defense of the thesis, is a Faculty examination, identified as the Master’s Examination. Normally, the Examining Committee consists of the two members of the Supervisory Committee, one other member of the Faculty of Education, and one reader, external to the University, who submits a written report attesting to the quality of the work. The Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies selects the Examining Committee at the request of the Supervisor, appoints the Chair, and is responsible for notifying the Dean of Education of its composition.

Normally, the final oral examination is open to the public; however, members of the public may question the student only upon the invitation of the Chair of the Examining Committee.

The examination is passed and the thesis approved if there is no more than one negative vote; an abstention is considered to be a negative vote. The Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies is responsible for reporting the result of the examination to the Dean of Education. The result is recorded as “Accepted as is,” “Accepted after minor revision,” “Accepted after substantial revision,” or “Unacceptable.” The result “Accepted after minor revision” normally entails editorial changes. If the result is “Accepted after substantial revision,” the student may be given the opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis with or without defending again. If the thesis revision is successful, the thesis supervisor is to sign before the thesis is presented to the Graduate Studies Committee. Six copies, including one unbound copy, should be presented to the Graduate Studies Co-ordinator. If the result is “Unacceptable,” the student may be given one opportunity by the Examining Committee to revise the thesis and to defend it again.

Submission of Thesis

When the thesis, in its final form, has been prepared after the final oral examination, the student will bring six unbound copies to the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies at least three weeks prior to Convocation. Each copy must be submitted in a separate folder with the pages numbered and arranged in the appropriate order. The thesis must be free from typographical and other errors. All copies must include the Certificate of Approval signed by the Examination Committee and the members of the Supervisory Committee. Also included must be a brief Abstract and a copy of the circulation waiver and the copying licence.

When accepted by the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies, one copy will be retained for microfilming and for deposit in the University Library after being bound. A second copy will be released to the Faculty of Education. A third copy will be released to the student’s supervisor and three copies will be released to the student.

Publication

The University requires publication of the thesis in the following manner:

One unbound copy of the thesis is forwarded to Library and Archives Canada, together with an agreement form signed by the candidate authorizing Library and Archives Canada to microfilm the thesis and to make microfilm copies available for sale on request. Library and Archives Canada will film the thesis exactly as it is and will list the thesis in Canadiana as a publication of Library and Archives Canada. A fee is charged by Library and Archives Canada to offset the cost of microfilming.

Library and Archives Canada’s Microfilm Agreement form will be sent to the candidate prior to the Master’s Examination, to be signed and submitted to the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies immediately after the successful completion of the examination.

The student, in consultation with the Supervisor and the Co-ordinator of Graduate Studies, shall have the right to request that circulation and/or copying of the thesis in any form be withheld for up to one year.

Circulation and Copying of Thesis

In normal circumstances, as a condition of engaging in graduate study at the University, the author of a thesis grants certain licences and waivers in respect of the circulation and of copying of the thesis:

i. to the University Librarian, a waiver permitting the circulation of the thesis as part of the Library collection;
ii. to the University, a licence to make single copies of the thesis under carefully specified conditions; and
iii. to Library and Archives Canada, a licence to microfilm the thesis under carefully specified conditions.

Copyright Provision

Copies of the thesis shall have on the title page the words, “In partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Education.” The international copyright notice, which consists of three elements in the same line—the letter “C” enclosed in a circle; the name of the copyright owner (the student); and the year should appear as a bottom line on the title page of the thesis.

 

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Admission?

Candidates for admission to the MEd program must have demonstrated high academic standing and potential for self-directed, sustained research. Normally, the basic requirement is an undergraduate or graduate degree from an approved university with an average of 70% or higher in the last 20 courses (60 credit hours).

An applicant lacking a degree, or an applicant possessing a degree with an academic average under 70%, may be considered for admission under exceptional circumstances. In such cases the Graduate Studies Committee must be satisfied that the student has the capacity to complete graduate work. This capacity could be demonstrated through extensive and relevant professional experiences, leadership, research and publications.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please review the English Language Requirements for graduate programs.

Fees and Funding

Tuition

Master of Education - $9,570 per program
Course Based - $957 per course for 10 courses
Thesis Based - $957 per course for 6 courses; $1,276 per course for 3 thesis courses
International students pay $732 per course in addition to the Bachelor of Education tuition fee.

For a complete breakdown, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.

Faculty Members
Your mentors. Our professors.

UPEI has about 250 faculty—exceptional scholars, teachers, and mentors, with more being hired each year as we open new, progressive, and unique programs. But the story isn’t just in the numbers. It’s in the quality of our people. Award-winning faculty from around the globe have made UPEI home. Here, you’ll learn directly from these world-class professors and researchers in small classes where you’ll have easy access to them.